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Today in London: Friday 12 July 2013

By | Published on Saturday 6 July 2013

The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart

Oi! London! The BBC Proms has its First Night tonight, the initial springtime rite of a fairweather season featuring jazz, classical, contemporary, new wave, Doctor Who-wave, world and all and any sonic approaches one’d care to name. Take a glance over all that now, and/or stand by for tonight’s non-Prom arts highlights…


Ealing Comedy Festival, Walpole Park, 12-13 Jul
This year’s ECF starts with a weekend featuring an extravagence of comic A-listers… the same 20 each day, in fact. Tonight’s alpha mamas and papasthat’s The Boy With Tape On His Face, Paul Chowdhry, Shappi Khorsandi et al – pave the way for the stars of tomorrow, aka themselves, since Friday and Saturday’s cast-lists are idential. Get it? Details and tickets here.


Noise of Art Electric Nights: Celebrating 100 years Of Electronic Music And Silent Cinema, BFI Southbank, 12 Jul
Live creatives Noise Of Art mark 100 years of electronica, that’s dating back to Italian proto-synthesist Luigi Russolo’s ‘Manifesto For An Art Of Noises’, with this rare screening of Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 film ‘Mother’. Russolo’s original score will be played in situ by Russia’s Slow, with Russolo-era sonics also broadcasting c/o Coldcut and Noise Of Art MD Ben Osborne, a Q&A with whom on tonight’s showing/show is reable at this link. Details and tickets here.


Barb Jungr – The New American Songbook, St James Theatre, 12 Jul
A peerless interpretress of Dylan, Jacques Brel and the rest, the near-legendary Barb Jungr sings in the style of tonight’s banner theme, ‘The New American Songbook – The Men I Love’, as part of strictly-limited four Friday-night stand at the St James Theatre. Details and tickets here.


The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart, The Welsh Centre Kings Cross, 12 Jul – 3 Aug
Still a thing of beauty after its HeraldAngel award-winning baptism in 2011, the National Theatre Of Scotland‘s vivacious take on playwright David Grieg’s Border Ballads-inspired script traces the winding path of staid schoolmarm Prudencia Hart, and an ordinary winter’s day walk that soon snowballs into chaos… and karaoke. Details and tickets here.

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